Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Area of Study

Our Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) satisfies the academic requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The DPD area of study focuses on preparing you for an ACEND accredited dietetic internship necessary to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Your choice of study in the area of dietetics means that you are preparing for a professional career in meeting the food and nutrition needs of individuals and families. Such a career will require top level knowledge of foods and nutrition, proficiency in management of resources, and skill in working with others. You will have the opportunity to fully utilize your abilities and the satisfaction of knowing that in doing your work well you are helping people.

Once you complete all program requirements and obtain a verification statement, you will be able to pursue entry into an ACEND accredited dietetic internship program and take the Commission on Dietetic Registration's dietetic registration exam. Learn more about the Illinois registration and qualifications to apply for licensure.

Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Through educational excellence, we prepare students to  serve clients and promote health and well-being in diverse settings.

Our mission is detailed in our goals and objectives.

Goal One

To enhance graduates' knowledge and skills through educational excellence leading to successful completion of a supervised practice experience.

Objectives
  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of the program length).
  • Sixty percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • Sixty-six percent of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Of the graduates who respond to the alumni survey and are in a supervised practice program, 60% rate their preparation for supervised practice as a 3 or higher out of 5, where 1 is "very unprepared" and 5 is "very prepared".

Goal Two

To prepare graduates to serve clients and promote health and well-being in diverse settings.

Objectives
  • Of the graduates who respond to the alumni survey, 60% rate their preparation to promote health and well-being in diverse settings as a 3 or higher out of 5, where 1 is "very unprepared" and 5 is "very prepared".
  • Eighty percent of dietetic internship directors who respond to a survey rate their satisfaction with program graduates' preparation and performance as a 3 or higher out of 5, where 1 is "very dissatisfied" and 5 is "very satisfied".

Program outcomes data are available on request.

In addition to courses required within the School of Health Studies and outside the school, students pursuing the DPD area of study and seeking verification of DPD completion must

  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 in DPD program courses (see adviser).
  • Must achieve a grade of B or better in the following DPD courses: NUTR 310, NUTR 415 and NUTR 416.
  • The major GPA for the students pursuing DPD verification will be calculated using course requirements in and outside of the school.

For a complete list of courses required to satisfy the DPD area of study, refer to the undergraduate catalog.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Northern Illinois University is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600

Learn more about the application, other program requirements, costs and financial aid in the DPD Handbook.